Most people agree that ending racism is an important step to a fairer and safer society for everyone.
People express their views on ending racism in two different ways, either passively or actively. Doing this is also known as being non-racist and being anti-racist.
Being non-racist, means you don’t believe, act or behave in a racist way. For example, you don’t say offensive comments that are racist.
Being anti-racist, is actively fighting against racism. For example, challenging people, events or systems that you think are racist.
For people who actively try to end racism, being anti-racist is very important.
There are lots of ways to be anti-racist and challenge people, events or systems that disadvantage people because of their skin colour.
To be anti-racist, there are lots of proactive things you can do:
- Learn about others’ experiences
- Listen and amplify non-white voices which might have been ignored previously
- Speak up when you hear racist comments
- Sign petitions to support anti-racist causes
- Contact government leaders asking what they’re doing to create a more fair and inclusive society
- Attend peaceful demonstrations or protests
- Acknowledge your own privilege and issues that might not have affected you personally
- Access resources where you can find out more about race and racism
- Keep supporting causes that are anti-racist and working to gain equality for all.
Questions to consider: Have you seen someone be anti-racist before? How can you be anti-racist? What are the benefits to society if lots of people are anti-racist?